Archive for August 8, 2022

Welcome Back Designers! First Day of School Monday August 15th

Hello Designers and Design Families!

I hope you all are having a fun, safe, and restful summer. We are officially one week away from the new school year, and we are so excited to be back! Our staff is back on campus and hard at work preparing to welcome students back for an excellent year.

For important updates and reminders for the 2022-2023 school year, click here to check out the “DVD New School Year FAQs for Families” page. You can find highlights of important upcoming dates below.

Also, Assistant Principal Takeyama and I would like to welcome all returning families to a “Welcome Back” webinar on Thursday, August 11th at 5pm. We will share updates on “what’s new” this year at DVD, from our new schedule to some refreshers on important school policies. Use this link:

DVD Welcome Back Webinar
Thursday, Aug 11th @5pm
Zoom Webinar Link:

Welcome back families! We look forward to making this year the best one yet!

Russell Stoll
DVD Principal

(Note: updated info including the 2022-2023 calendar, our new weekly schedule, and New Family Info can also be found in the “Resources” section to the right.)

The first day of school is Monday, August 15th, 2022. Students will meet their teachers outdoors, begin the day in Advisory, and will receive their class schedules in Advisory. PowerSchool access is temporarily locked while we upload student schedules. This is the DVD Week One Bell Schedule:

For the 2022-2023 school year, the high schools at 201 N. Douglas are adopting new start times. The start time for Da Vinci Design is 8:40am Monday-Thursday and the traditional “late start” for Friday is 9:45am. The new end time for the school day in 3:45pm each day.

DVD’s new family orientation meetings are happening this week! To RSVP for one of the new family orientations happening this week, please use this link or access the DVD New School Year FAQs for Families page (see above).

DVD Picture Day is happening during the first week of school on August 18th and 19th.

DVD plans to host Back-to-School Night on the fourth week of school on Thursday September 8th. More details to follow.

For updates every week, keep checking back here at the DVD blog!

Announcements from Real World Learning Director (08.02.2022)

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

I hope you are enjoying the last weeks of summer break. Please see the announcements below:

For students interested in receiving academic credit for their internships:
Students who are interested in receiving 5 academic credits for summer internships/volunteer opportunities, must fill out the Unpaid Internship Agreement and submit a timesheet that demonstrates the completion of 60 hours of service. The Agreement must be turned in before the start of the internship/volunteer opportunity. The timesheet is due August 6, 2022. Please email all documents to Ms. Rodriguez at

For students interested in art, film, and animation:
The El Segundo Public Library encourages all individuals who live, work and/or play in El Segundo to submit artwork for Summertime, Summertime: A Community Juried Art Exhibition! This art show will feature 2-dimensional artwork, including painting, photography, photo collage, photomontage, collage, drawing, printmaking, etc. that celebrates summer. For information on how to submit your artwork, please click here.

Dreamworks Animation is hosting a Summer Speaker Series from August 8 – August 12 where students will learn about roles in animation, succeeding in the industry, and more. Register here.

For students interested in social change:
The Alliance for Girls is hosting a community-building and healing-oriented event for youth leaders seeking to bring safety to school to address sexual harassment. Alliance for Girls is co-hosting this event with Unity Council to prepare both youth and adult advocates for a new school year prioritizing policies and programs that help sexual assault/harassment survivors. Attendees will also hear from representatives from the Equal Rights Advocate and the Unity Council. The event will be an entirely virtual event and will take place on Saturday, August 6. It is open to all youth and youth champions. $15 Visa Gift cards will be provided to youth 24 and under who RSVP and attend the event. RSVP Here.

For students interested in jobs:
The LA County America’s Job Center will be hosting a Job Fair in South LA, on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 from 1 to 4 pm. To register, please visit this flyer. It is highly suggested to bring several copies of your resume to share with prospective employers!

For students interested in science and engineering:
The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program places high school students in Department of Navy (DoN) laboratories where they take part in real Naval research for 8 weeks during the summer. SEAP is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in STEM the opportunity to learn about Naval research and technology while receiving first-class mentoring by top scientists and engineers. SEAP is a competitive program with around 300 placements in more than 30 labs around the country. Inters are selected based upon academic achievement, personal statements, recommendations, and career and research interests. Click here to learn more. Click here to apply.